Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) needs to compete against big and strong players such as Amazon and Time Warner's HBO, and this is a considerable challenge. However, the company has proven its ability to compete and thrive on the back of successful differentiated content like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.

Revenues are not only rapidly growing, but performance is even accelerating, both in the U.S. and in international markets. Besides, profit margins are consistently rising, and management expects further margin expansion in the medium term. Booming sales and expanding profit margins bode remarkably well when it comes to earnings growth in the years ahead.

The slideshow below contains some ideas for investors willing to take a deeper look at Netflix and its potential for gains in the years ahead.

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